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Maiden USA

Girl Icons Come of Age


Kathleen M. Sweeney

Maiden USA: Girl Icons Come of Age explores images of powerful, contradictory pop culture icons of the past decade, which run the gamut from Mean Girls and their Endangered Victims to Superheroines and Ingenue Goddesses. Are girls of the Title IX generation in need of Internet protection, or are they Supergirls evolving beyond gender stereotypes to rescue us all? Maiden USA provides an overview of girl trends since the ‘90s including the emergence of girls’ digital media-making and self-representation venues on MySpace, Facebook and YouTube as the newest wave of Girl Power.
The Author: Kathleen Sweeney teaches Communication Arts at Marymount Manhattan College and Media Arts at The New School and has been artist-in-residence at DIA: Beacon, Children’s Media Project, and Reel Grrls. A media artist and writer, her Maiden USA lectures have been presented at various colleges in the U.S. and her award-winning video art has screened internationally.